All therapists are full and not accepting new general referrals at this time.
Jessica Lala, LCSW
Jessica Lala, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker with over 20 years of experience. She holds a bachelors degree in social work from Goshen College and a masters degree in social work from Indiana University. Jessica has previously worked in the legal system and the foster care system. She has extensive experience working with troubled adolescents and their families. Her experience involves working with individuals who struggle with behavioral issues, depression, anxiety, social issues connected with Asperger’s and life transitions. She also provides individual counseling to adults who are involved in receiving Suboxone treatment. She believes in assisting individuals and families to overcome the obstacles they are facing in order to have a fulfilling and productive life. She wants to help her clients determine their full potential of life, and she works to meet clients where they are.
Joanna Woolace LCSW
Joanna Woolace, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker. She graduated with her Bachelor’s in social work from Goshen College and with her master in social work from Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis. Joanna worked in home care and with Goshen Hospital for many years providing discharge planning.
Joanna also has experience assisting adults who struggle with depression, anxiety, and chronic mental health disorders. She believes that trust comes first in building a therapeutic relationship and is significant in assisting the client in the healing process. She works to develop a rapport and individualized relationship with each of her clients. She also believes in providing a safe environment where people can explore their struggles and create positive changes in their lives.
In addition to work, Joanna attends Pleasant View Church with her family where she is an active member, and a part of the leadership team. She spent many years in charge of the Vacation Bible School program and loved getting the children excited about life, and enjoyed motivating them to make positive decisions in their lives.
Carol A. Jarvis, PhD, LCSW
Carol A. Jarvis, Ph.D., LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker with more than 25 years of experience in working with children, adolescents and families. She holds both a master’s and bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of Georgia, and a doctorate in social work from Loyola University Chicago. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP), and the Council on Social Work Education. Carol has extensive experience working with families impacted by divorce and child custody issues and she serves on the Elkhart County Collaborative Practice Task Force. She received training the Gottman Institute model, completed introductory training with the IACP, and has extensive training on grief counseling. In addition to her private practice, Carol teaches at Goshen College in the Social Work Education Program and she provides clinical supervision to social workers pursuing their clinical license. She has given numerous presentations, most recently on the topic of assessment and treatment of childhood anxiety disorders.
Therapists below are all private practitioners.
Lana Johnson, LCSW
Lana Johnson, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker with over 20 years of professional experience in the mental health field. She graduated from Western Michigan University with a Bachelor degree in Social Work and from Andrews University with a Masters degree in Social Work. Post graduate she was employed by the Department of Human Services. Lana further was Director of Youth Programs at Family Services, Director of the Elkhart County Women’s Shelter and for the last ten years employed by Oaklawn Psychiatric Center. Lana is a member of National Association of Social Workers. She has clinical expertise with those who experience difficulty with anxiety, depression, and trauma/PTSD. Lana further treats those with: ADHD, behavioral issues, bipolar, domestic violence, grief and loss, parenting and sexual abuse. Her preferred treatment modalities are: cognitive behavioral therapy, emotional and mindfulness based, motivational interviewing, brief solution focused therapy, crisis intervention and trauma focused. Lana enjoys working with children, adolescents, adults and families with ages ranging from six years old and up.
Gary McRae, MSW, LSW
Gary McRae, MSW, LSW is a licensed social worker with 5 years of social work experience. His social work experience includes counseling and supporting troubled youth and their families in a residential setting as well as in Foster Care. Gary is also a registered trainer for licensing foster care parents. Gary has answered his calling of helping those youth and adults who may be struggles with some difficult issues. Gary brings years of life experience as a therapist.
Does not accept insurance.
Stephanie Szabo, LMHC, LCAC
Stephanie Szabo, LMHC, LCAC is both a licensed mental health and licensed clinical addiction counselor. With almost 30 years in the field of mental health and addiction, Stephanie holds a Bachelor’s degree in consumer and family sciences from Purdue University and a Master’s in counseling education from Indiana University. Stephanie has extensive experience in working with forensic issues in juveniles and adult courts in Indiana and drug courts in Michigan.
As a trauma informed therapist, Stephanie utilizes cognitive-behavioral, motivational interviewing in her client-centered, solution-focused therapy. As a member of both the American counseling and the National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors, she enjoys assisting those struggling with depression, anxiety, life-adjustment issues, as well as substance use disorders.
In addition to work, Stephanie is involved in the community by having been on the Youth Counsel as a part of her children’s youth group, being an active band parent and as a current board member of the Purdue Alumni Club of Elkhart & LaGrange Counties.
Jaime Kees, LMHC
Jaime Kees, LMHC is a licensed mental health counselor. She earned a Bachelor's degree in Psychology with a minor in Family Science from Anderson University in 2006. She earned a Master's in General Psychology in 2008 and a Masters in Mental Health Counseling in 2014 both from the University of Saint Francis. Jaime spent 5 years doing home based therapy working with high risk teens and families. She has 3 years inpatient psychiatric hospital experience where she was able to help those that struggled with suicidality, personality disorders, substance addiction and chronic mental illness. She enjoys working with adolescents, adults, families and couples. Jaime feels blessed to have career that allows her to help those that struggle with depression, anxiety, and trauma find hope and healing. Jaime believes in helping people realize their full potential to change their lives and the lives of those around them.
Debra Bledsoe, LCSW
Debra Bledsoe, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Master's Degree in Social Work and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. Debra treats a wide variety of issues, including depression, mood disorders, relationship difficulties, adjustment challenges and life transitions.
Debra entered this field in order to enrich the daily lives of people, to help them develop more satisfying interpersonal relationships, assist them with the obstacles they face in life, and guide them toward making the changes they desire to accomplish their goals. She has diversified experience, working with people of all ages, from a variety of backgrounds and currently treats a broad population of clients across the lifespan.
Debra has extensive clinical training in working with veterans, military members and their families Debra utilizes clinical skills that focus on specific evidence-based treatments for issues surrounding military affiliated families.
Debra has a special interest in working with adults and senior citizens but enjoys working with individuals of all ages. Outside of private practice Debra works full-time as a bereavement counselor providing support to individuals who have lost a loved one through death.
Debra utilizes a client-centered treatment approach that is suited to each client’s specific needs. By helping to determine a client’s motivation for change in their lives, a unique treatment approach is developed. Debra offers a supportive and encouraging environment in which treatment takes place. Her style incorporates prioritization, development of insight, skill building and is supportive and accommodating. Debra believes that the stressors in life are more easily managed if you maintain balance in your life. True wellness includes taking care of your emotional, physical, social and spiritual self as these domains are all intertwined. Many times it may be difficult to control the events in your life, but you can learn to control your response and live a happier healthier life.
Ryan Stoy, BA, MSW Intern
Ryan Stoy, BA, MSW intern is a student in his final year of the Master of Social Work program at Indiana University. Entering social work later in life, Ryan has an eclectic background of professional and life experience, including business management and consulting, and years spent as a stay-at-home parent. Ryan has worked for over two years with troubled youth and their families in a residential setting, which has only increased his passion for helping adults and adolescents who have experienced trauma and life changes.